US firm Bioenergy DevCo, based in Maryland, has acquired BTS Biogas, which will operate as an affiliate and enable new operation and expansion of anaerobic digestion in North America. Headquartered in Bruneck, Italy, BTS Biogas is a European pioneer in the field of anaerobic digestion with a 20-year history in the industry and 200 plants located around the world.
By transforming organic waste into natural gas and an organic soil amendment, anaerobic digestion reduces landfill waste, as well as carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The acquisition enables Bioenergy DevCo to increase BTS Biogas’ technology footprint in North America,.
Speaking about the acquisition, Shawn Kreloff, founder and CEO of Bioenergy DevCo, said, “While operating as affiliated entities, we aim to shift mindsets by demonstrating how this proven technology can change organic waste from being a pollution problem to a renewable energy solution.”
Organic waste is traditionally either incinerated and emitted as an environmental pollutant or left in a landfill where it rots and releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Through the use of anaerobic digester technology, Bioenergy DevCo offers an environmentally smart, proven technology to break down biodegradable waste materials naturally, using microorganisms. This natural chemical process creates two important products at an industrial scale.
The first is renewable natural gas, which can be burned cleanly and turned into a versatile source of renewable energy by being injected into a national electric grid or used as a transportation fuel as compressed natural gas.
The second is a product called digestate, an organic soil amendment with the same organic and storm water management capability as compost.
"This affiliation between the two companies is an evolution that allows us to offer the North American market not only the most advanced technological solutions for bioenergy and renewable natural gas production from organic waste, but also enables us to support projects of great strategic and economic value with developers throughout the world,” said Jeff Henslin, CEO of BTS Biogas.